Colts keep the scoreboard ticking over



A fifty-point-first-half earned Sidmouth Colts a deserved win, so it was to the great credit of Tiverton that they came back strongly in and finished the game well. The excellent Devon referee, Scott Baker, should also be applauded for the way he handled and controlled the game. Mr Baker’s authority, energy and good humour were appreciated by both sets of coaches and players.


With space and gaps in the visitors defence and with the Sidmouth forwards and half backs pressurizing Tiverton when they were in possession, the pace and strong running of Charlie Cotton and Jack Faulkner was too much to handle and they each scored freely. They may grab the headlines, but the foundation for the win was an improved line-out with Mal Reyner and James Maskill both looking sharp, and the performances of Haydon Down and Luke Wells Burr who were strong in defence and decisive in possession. Both show the sort of example and leadership which carries teams through. John Pares also had a good game and Ed Thomas, James Thomas, and Jake Tansley each had plenty of possession and made good ground. Dan Powell chipped-in with a skillful try and the boot of Harry Rumens kept the scoreboard ticking over.


The build-up for the first round of the cup starts this week with an away trip for a friendly against Bideford. There is healthy competition for starting places which should focus the minds of the players and hopefully bring-out some strong performances over the next few weeks.